MLK Community Center Program Information


AARP Tax Prep: We are still unsure as to whether tax prep will return to the Center in 2021. In the meantime, anyone interested in having their taxes prepared may contact the Edward King House at 401-846-7426 or the Portsmouth Senior Center at 401-683-4106 for appointments. Taxes will be prepared virtually; no in-person appointments


Community Art Class: Join local artist Mandy Howe as she leads multi-session community art projects that combine work from both adults and youth in the community.  Projects will include art quilts and painted tile displays, among many others. (Community Art Class is not currently being held due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering.) 


Education Family Dinner: This dinner is open to all family members of the kids in our pre-school and afterschool programs.  Pre-Registration required. (Education dinners are currently not being held due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering.)


LivFit: A healthy cooking/nutrition lesson lead by dietitian Kristin Neissink, MS, RD, LDN.  Learn a new recipe and take your creation home!


Lunch & Learn: Open to all older adults, this lunchtime lecture features talks from a variety of speakers that change monthly.  Pre-Registration is required. (Lunch & Learns are not currently being offered due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering.) 


MLK Friends Dinner: Bring your friends and family members to the Center for a fun-filled evening with dinner, music, and socialization! Pre-Registration required. (Friends Dinners are not currently being held due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering.)

Appointment Only


Nutrition Counseling: Dietitian Kristen Niessink, MS, RD, LDN can talk about your dietary needs, how to eat better, or how to lose weight through changes in diet.  Whatever your concern with food might be, Kristen can help! Call her at 401-368-7614.

Food 2 Friends: Pantry delivery service for the homebound and hungry.  Please contact Nancy Harten or Ed Crowley at 401-846-4828. 

Daily Programs


Daily Bread: Stop by either entrance of the MLK (Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. & Edward St.) to check out the assorted bread and baked goods available daily – no registration required! Available first come, first served from 10am to 4pm every day.


Breakfast Program: From 7:30am to 9:00am enjoy a free hot breakfast, Mon-Fri. Dine-in or takeaway.

Education Programs: DHS childcare assistance accepted and generous scholarships available.

Preschool: This licensed educational program is open from 6:45am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. 


Afterschool: Throughout the school year, kids are served a nutritious meal, followed by homework help and fun activities.  

Summer Camp: Summer Camp at the MLK is an 8-week literacy, science and math-based program for children entering 1st grade through those entering 5th grade.

Have an idea for a program? Have an event you think should be shared with the community?

Contact the MLK Center at 401-846-4828!